Sleeping Kitty

“Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sleeping Kitty

5″ x 7″ Watercolor on Ampersand Clayboard

I painted this little slumbering cat on clayboard, then scratched the hair into it.  I really enjoyed this!  The watercolor floats wonderfully on the surface for a bit, giving you a chance to blend and play.  🙂

The cat in the reference was actually sleeping on a pad of newsprint in an artist’s studio.  That gives a new meaning to studio assistant.

About Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson helped spark the transcendentalist movement with the essay Nature, which described his belief in the spiritual essence of humanity and the natural world. He was born in Boston in 1803. He was a Unitarian minister until he resigned in 1832 to become a philosopher and writer. He suffered the untimely deaths of many of his loved ones: three brothers, his first wife at age 20, and his eldest son at age five. Emerson died in 1882.


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Joan T
    Jul 06, 2010 @ 18:35:06

    Love the kitty!!!!!!! I didn’t get to do anything for the WDE…much too busy!


  2. lindahalcombfineart
    Jul 06, 2010 @ 17:24:57

    This little beauty is magical. Very sweet yet imaginative and really nice technically. I have a couple of pieces of claybord but I’ve never tried them. You are inspiring me.


  3. Claudine Intner
    Jul 06, 2010 @ 16:19:31

    Wonderful painting! It makes me want to curl up and take a nap.


  4. CarolKing
    Jul 06, 2010 @ 09:38:30

    She’s a beauty! You’ve captured the essence of a sleeping kitty on paper! And she looks like she’s right in a spot of sun. Where kitties like to be.


  5. lesliepaints
    Jul 06, 2010 @ 08:59:27

    Oh my. I am totally drawn into this. The cat’s shape is spot on and the way you painted it makes it look so much like she is laying in a patch of sunlight. I also like the watery wetlook to areas of this painting like in the upper right corner.


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